• Mobile phone firms get SC breather on towers

  • In a significant development and relief to lakhs of subscribers of various mobile networks in the city, the apex court today made it clear that no mobile towers in residential areas will be removed till further orders.

    The directions came today after a leave petition was filed against the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on May 14 wherein the UT Administration had given an undertaking that by if all the 181 mobile towers in the residential areas are not removed by the cellular companies on their own May 18, the UT Administration would remove them thereafter. The Apex court has also issued notices to the UT Administration in this matter.

    The breather from the Supreme Court came on the first day of the hearing today, thus allowing residents to continue enjoying uninterrupted communication through their mobile phone devices. The stay was granted today till further orders on a Leave petition to Appeal filed by Vodafone South Limited against the orders of the Punjab and Haryana Court dated May 22 and May 14.

    As per the orders of the apex court, the bench comprising Justice Deepak Verma and Justice

    Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya stated, “Status quo, as it obtains today, shall be maintained with regard to existing antennas/ mobile towers.”

    Speaking to Newsline over phone from USA, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) Director-General Rajan S Mathews said, “It is our utmost priority to ensure that all the subscribers of different cellular networks get seamless connectivity and none of the mobile phone users is inconvenienced.”
  • 2012-5-25
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